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Wednesday, October 25, 2006Contact: Jake Howard, ARB
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Aussie rule on laying horses

At its board meeting on 20 October, the Australian Racing Board adopted the following rules regarding the “laying” of horses (i.e; the betting on horses to lose). The rule will have immediate effect.

“AR.175B. (1) A trainer must not lay any horse that is either under his care, control or supervision or has been in the preceding 21 days.

(2) Any person employed by a trainer in connection with the training or care of racehorses must not lay a horse under the control of the trainer for whom he is or was employed, while so employed and for a period of 2l days after ceasing to be so. (3) A nominator must not lay any horse that is or may be entered by him or on his behalf, provided that a bookmaker may lay a horse in accordance with his licence.

(4) A riders agent must not lay any horse to be ridden by a rider for whom he is agent.

(5) Any person who has provided a service or services connected with the keeping, training or racing of a horse must not, within 21 days of having last done so, lay such horse.

(6) It is an offence for any person to offer an inducement to a participant in racing with the intention of profiting from a horse not participating in the event to the best of its ability.

AR.175C. In circumstances where it is an offence for a person to lay a horse under AR.175B. it shall also be an offence for that person to:

  • have a horse laid on his behalf; or
  • receive any moneys or other valuable consideration in any way connected with the laying of the horse by another person.

    AR.1. Add the following definitions:

    “Lay” means the placing of a bet on a horse to lose a race.

    “Participant in racing” includes:

  • a trainer
  • any person employed by a trainer in connection with the training or care of horses
  • a nominator
  • a rider
  • a riders agent
  • any person who provides a service or services connected with the keeping, training or racing of a horse.”